Egypt army kills 16 suspected militants in Sinai

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi damage a police building in Cairo's Ain Shams district, Egypt, on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

The airstrikes targeted hideouts of "terrorist, extremely dangerous takfiri" militants with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

CAIRO — Egypt's military spokesman says airstrikes in the northern Sinai Peninsula have killed 16 militants with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, the ousted president's Islamist group.

Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said on Saturday the airstrikes targeted hideouts of "terrorist, extremely dangerous takfiri" militants late Friday in the eastern border town of Sheikh Zuweyid. Takfiri is an Arabic term referring to Islamic radicals.

He described the targeted militants as affiliated with the "terrorist" Brotherhood group.

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It was the fourth such airstrike with a high death toll since militants downed a military helicopter in a nearby area on Jan. 24, killing all its crew members.

The military has been waging a wide offensive against Sinai militants. The area has been a hotbed for attacks on the military since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in July.

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